Rea: "It was a huge team effort"

Monday, 23 October 2017 09:16 GMT

2017 champion reviews double victory in Spain

Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) had a stunning weekend in the Pirelli Spanish Round, taking his first ever victory around the circuit on Saturday and turning this into a double victory on Sunday.

Dominating both races, the Northern Irish rider went into Sunday’s race with a completely new set up on his ZX-10RR and he approached the final laps with caution. Despite this, once he got into the lead on the opening laps, he began to instantly pull a gap on the rest of the field and never looked back. Seemingly unstoppable around Jerez, the 30 year old crossed the line over 2.7s ahead of his rivals. Praising his crew chief Pere Riba, Rea was delighted to take the victory in the Spanish sunshine.

“We had a little bit of luck on Saturday,” reviews Rea. “I feel like Marco deserved Saturday’s race because I just didn’t have quite enough, so with that in mind we had to make some huge changes to the bike. Pere asked me to trust him with the front geometary of the bike but also the front tyre, and with that change I was just a bit unsure if we would run into some difficulties on the final lap. On the exit of T6, I was dipping my head down on the side of the bike to see if I could see some huge ware marks on the tyre, because I destroyed it in 18 degree temperatures in morning warm up. But for the whole race it seemed to stay together, the rear was incredible and I have to thank Pirelli. It was a huge team effort, but I felt like I sat on the bike today and made the result but it was Pere Riba who deserves this race win.”

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